A new book from Donald Trump's first wife pulls back the curtain on a tumultuous period of the president's life, including the messy divorce that was splashed across New York's tabloids for weeks, per the AP. Ivana Trump, who was married to the real estate magnate from 1977 to 1992, writes in Raising Trump that she knew her marriage was over soon after a day in December 1989. "This young blonde woman approached me out of the blue and said 'I'm Marla and I love your husband. Do you?'" writes Ivana Trump. "I said 'Get lost. I love my husband.' It was unladylike but I was in shock." Trump's public affair with Marla Maples spawned the infamous "Best Sex I've Ever Had" headline in the New York Post in 1990. After divorcing his first wife, Trump married Maples in 1993. Raising Trump is set to be released next week. The AP Press purchased an early copy.
In the book, Ivana writes glowingly about her marriage to Trump and her prominent role at the Trump Organization. But then she unburdens herself about the heartache that Trump's affair with Maples caused her and the couple's three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. "I can only shake my head at how it insane it was," Ivana Trump writes. "I couldn't turn on the television without hearing my name." She and the president have since returned to far warmer terms. Much of the book is spent recounting Ivana Trump's childhood in Europe, her modeling career in New York, and Trump's courtship. She writes that, at their first meeting, Trump secured her and friends a table at a hot Manhattan restaurant, paid the check, and chauffeured her back to her hotel in a Cadillac. "My instincts told me that Donald was smart and funny—an all-America good guy."